San Francisco 49ers

49ers report card: Offense, defense deserve detention

49ers’ defensive tackle Quinton Dial dove to the ground to try to stop Seattle’s Christine Michael in the first half of Sunday’s game in Seattle.
49ers’ defensive tackle Quinton Dial dove to the ground to try to stop Seattle’s Christine Michael in the first half of Sunday’s game in Seattle. The Associated Press

Offense: Blaine Gabbert struggled again, and his ugly 51.9 passer rating wasn’t helped by wide receiver Quinton Patton’s bobbled third-down pass that ended up in the hands of linebacker Bobby Wagner. It’s hard to pick out the 49ers’ worst offensive stat in a game like this, but this one’s particularly bad: 0-10 on third downs through the third quarter. Grade: D-

Defense: The 49ers haven’t faced running back Marshawn Lynch, who retired in the offeseason, in their last two meetings, but you’d never know it from the box scores. This time, it was Christine Michael who gouged them for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Doug Baldwin looked like the second coming of Lynn Swann with eight catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. Grade: D-

Special teams: Bradley Pinion punted seven times, which wasn’t his fault. But he mis-hit one of his attempts and didn’t put enough air under another, which Tyler Lockett returned 62 yards. Another attempt was deflected. Meanwhile, Phil Dawson wasn’t close on a 53-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter. Grade: C-

Overall: No matter the head coach, the 49ers simply seem to wilt in Seattle. Chip Kelly’s squad was no better than Jim Tomsula’s was a year ago in Seattle, and was only marginally better than it was in their 47-7 Week 3 fiasco last season in Arizona. If Sunday’s game revealed San Francisco’s true identity, the 49ers are in for another long season. Grade: D-

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